Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Qualifier 2 between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar, and I will bring you all the live updates and scores from this thriller of a contest. In the previous two contests between these two teams, SRH beat GL by 10 wickets and 5 wickets respectively. And, it was SRH’s bowling attack that the GL batsmen could not tackle, putting up paltry total on both the occasions. Thus, GL will mainly focus on panning out a strategy to bog down SRH’s rampant bowling. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Qualifier 2 at Delhi

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 163/6 | 19.2 overs | David Warner 93 (58), Bipul Sharma 27 (11): FOUR, Praveen Kumar comes round the wicket, angles it in, Warner gives a charge and dissects point and cover point. SRH need 1 off 5. ONE, Warner opens the face of the bat and places past backward point. Warner jumps in the air. SRH win by 4 wickets. They will now face RCB at Bengaluru on Sunday.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 158/6 | 19 overs | David Warner 88 (56), Bipul Sharma 27 (11): Bravo into the attack. FOUR, slower ball, width on offer, Warner scythes it over point. TWO, excellent running between the wickets, full on leg, Warner touches on the leg side, calls for a second. TWO, Warner opens the face of the bat and plays it past point, Finch in the deep dives to his right to save a certain boundary. FOUR, change of pace, Warner shimmies down the ground and cuts it past deep square leg. ONE, slower ball, Warner takes it full, works it to deep cover. SIX, Sharma reads the slower ball well and hits it over the sight screen. SRH need 5 off the last over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 139/6 | 18 overs | David Warner 75 (51), Bipul Sharma 21 (10): Kulkarni to Bipul Sharma. DOT to start the over. ONE, right in the block hole, Sharma squeezes to third man. DOT, right in the block hole, Kulkarni has been right on the money. ONE, low full toss, Warner scythes ball to deep cover point. SIX, Sharma shuffles and does an ABD, over fine leg, what a cameo. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 129/6 | 17 overs | David Warner 74 (49), Bipul Sharma 12 (6): Praveen into the attack. TWO, Sharma plays it on the leg side. SIX, Warner spanks it over long off, SRH needs more such hits. TWO, Sharma tucks it away, Warner calls for a second. ONE, top edge, falls in no man’s head. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 118/6 | 16 overs | David Warner 73 (45), Bipul Sharma 1 (1): Bravo to Warner. DOT, change of pace completely deceives Warner, goes through his legs. DOT, right in the block hole, excellent yorker. ONE Warner tucks it away. DOT, slower ball, Naman had no clue about it. OUT, low full toss, Ojha times it well but holes out to Bravo at deep mid-wicket.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 116/5 | 15 overs | David Warner 73 (45), Naman Ojha 10 (6): Smith back into the attack. ONE, Warner works a fullish ball to long off. ONE, Ojha gives strike to his captain. SIX, Warner clears his leg and bludgeons over long off. FOUR, opens the face of the bat and plays past point. ONE, Warner tucks it away. SIX, Ojha joins the party, pulls over deep mid-wicket.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 97/5 | 14 overs | David Warner 61 (41), Naman Ojha 3 (4): Kulkarni into the attack. ONE, Ojha takes a quick single to cover. TWO, Warner flicks it between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg. ONE, slower bouncer, Warner pulls it to long on. ONE, bouncer, Ojha pulls to deep mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 91/5 | 13 overs | David Warner 57 (37), Naman Ojha 1 (2): Kaushik to Cutting. ONE, single down the ground. ONE, low full toss, Warner plays to wide long off. OUT, another one bites the dust, Cutting edges it to the keeper. ONE, Ojha works it to long on. SIX, Warner breaks the shackles, goes over cow corner.

OUT! Ben Cutting c D Karthik b Shivil 8 (7)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 82/4 | 12 overs | David Warner 50 (35), Ben Cutting 7 (5): Bravo to continue. OUT, that plumb, change of pace deceives Hooda, easy decision for the umpire. DOT, Cutting gets nicely behind a slower one. FOUR, Cutting pulls past wid-wicket. TWO, Cutting nudges it to deep square leg. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Deepak Hooda lbw b Dwayne Bravo 4 (9)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 75/3 | 11 overs | David Warner 50 (35), Deepak Hooda 4 (8): Kaushik to continue. DOT, play and miss. ONE, Hooda guides fullish delivery to long on. ONE, Warner cuts length ball to deep cover point. ONE, Hooda is happy dealing in singles. TWO, Warner plays late past fine leg. FOUR, Warner gets a thick outside edge, no slip in place.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 66/3 | 10 overs | David Warner 43 (32), Deepak Hooda 2 (5): Bravo into the attack. DOT, play and a miss by Warner. ONE, pitched up, Warner drives down the ground. ONE, Hooda flicks it to deep fine leg. DOT, perfect yorker. ONE, Warner drives it deep cover. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 62/3 | 9 overs | David Warner 41 (28), Deepak Hooda 0 (3): Kaushik to continue. DOT, Yuvraj has not been able to read Kaushik well. OUT, Yuvraj holes out to long off. ONE, Warner works it long on. DOT, play and miss. DOT, Hooda cuts to point. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Yuvraj c Dwayne Smith b Shivil 8 (13)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 61/2 | 8 overs | David Warner 40 (27), Yuvraj singh 8 (11): Raina to continue. SIX, tossed up, Warner makes room and smashes it over sight screen. ONE, Warner cuts it to point. ONE, Yuvraj works it to long on. FOUR, Warner spanks at extra cover, misfield, leaks 3 runs. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 49/2 | 7 overs | David Warner 29 (23), Yuvraj singh 7 (9): Kaushik into the attack. ON, Warner goes square of the wicket. DOT, Yuvraj defends a length ball. DOT, Kaushik is troubling Yuvraj with his unusual action. ONE, Yuvraj opens the face of the bat and guides it deep backward point. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 46/2 | 6 overs | David Warner 27 (21), Yuvraj singh 6 (5): Suresh Raina into the attack. ONE, Warner punches it to long off. DOT, Yuvraj defends a tossed up ball. ONE, Yuvraj drives past extra cover. ONE, Warner calls for a quick single. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 43/2 | 5 overs | David Warner 25 (18), Yuvraj singh 5 (2): Dwayne Smith into the attack. OUT, gets wickets off the first ball, Moises holes out to extra cover. FOUR, Yuvraj Singh gets off the mark with a boundary over cover. ONE, run followed by a single, good cricket. FOUR, back of length, Warner late-cuts it past the keeper. DOT, Warner works it to mid-wicket. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Moises Henriques c Dwivedi b Dwayne Smith 11 (6) 

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 33/1 | 4 overs | David Warner 20 (15), Moises Henriques 11 (5): Kulkarni to continue. FOUR, width on offer, Moises powerfully cuts past backward point. ONE, smart cricket, four followed by a single. ONE, Warner works it on the leg side. ONE, Moises flicks it to deep mid-wicket. FOUR, Warner’s on song, clears his front leg and clears mid off. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 22/1 | 3 overs | David Warner 15 (12), Moises Henriques 5 (2): Praveen to continue. DOT, full on leg, Warner flicks it to mid-wicket. DOT, change of pace, Warner yet again plays it on the leg side, not able to find gaps. ONE, Warner flicks fullish ball to fine leg. FOUR, slower ball, Moises scythes past backward point. ONE, quick single. WIDE, down the leg side. FOUR to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 11/1 | 2 overs | David Warner 10 (8), Moises Henriques 0 (0): Dhawal Kulkarni into the attack. OUT, Dhawan’s run out on a duck, called for a quick single, could not make his ground in time. DOT, back 0f length, Warner defends it to cover. FOUR, lovely placement by Warner, leans into it and hits past extra cover. DOT, length ball on off, Warner gets nicely behind it. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Shikhar Dhawan run out (Brendon McCullum) 0 (4)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 6/0 | 1 over | David Warner 5 (3), Shikhar Dhawan 0 (3): Praveen to Kumar to David Warner. FOUR, on Warner’s pads and he makes no mistake to flick to deep square leg. DOT, length ball on off, Warner works it to point. ONE, Warner flicks out-swinger to mid on for a quick single. DOT, Dhawan punches back to the bowler. DOT, Dhawan plays on the up to extra cover. ONE to finish the over.

*SRH innings*

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 162/7 | 20 overs | R Jadeja 19 (15), Dhawal Kulkarni 3 (2): Bhuvi to bowl the final over of the innings. ONE, right in the block hole, Jadeja plays it to long on. WIDE, down the leg side, Jadeja looks to steal a single, Bravo says no. TWO, overthrow costs an extra run. OUT, Bhuvi knocks over Bravo with a good over. THREE, Jadeja steals another single due to an overthrow. ONE, change of pace, Jadeja could not time it well, works it to extra cover. DOT to finish the innings. SRH need 163 runs to win!

OUT! Dwayne Bravo b Bhuvneshwar 20 (10)

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 154/6 | 19 overs | R Jadeja 17 (13), Dwayne Bravo 18 (8): Boult to bowl out. FOUR, Caribbean style shot by Bravo past cover. FOUR more, full toss and Bravo bludgeons it over point. ONE, Bravo plays it down the ground. WIDE, down the leg side. ONE, full on leg, Jadeja clears his front leg and heaves it to long on. FOUR, full toss outside off, Bravo gets an outside edge. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 139/6 | 18 overs | R Jadeja 16 (12), Dwayne Bravo 5 (3): Cuuting to bowl out. ONE, right in the block hole, excellent bowling by SRH bowlers. FOUR, Finch brings up his half-century, misfielding by Sran at deep fine leg. OUT, Cutting dismantles Finch’ defence with slower ball. FOUR, Bravo plays fine, good start for him. DOT, brilliant bouncer, Bravo’s beaten by pace. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Finch b Ben Cutting 50 (32)

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 129/5 | 17 overs | Aaron Finch 46 (30), R Jadeja 15 (11): Bhuvi back into the attack. ONE, Jadeja plays it to square leg. ONE, right in the block hole, Finch works it to long on. ONE, Jadeja has score 8 consecutive singles. ONE, Bhuvi not letting Finch to open his arms. FOUR, Jadeja lofts it over the bowler’s head, lovely shot. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 120/5 | 16 overs | Aaron Finch 44 (28), R Jadeja 8 (7): Boult to Jadeja. ONE, Jadeja works it on the leg side. ONE, full on leg, Finch flicks it to deep mid-wicket. ONE, GL are dealing in singles. DOT, change of pace deceives Finch. FOUR, short, Finch cuts over short third man. FOUR, Finch goes down the ground this time.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 109/5 | 15 overs | Aaron Finch 35 (24), R Jadeja 6 (5): Sran back into the attack. ONE to start the over. ONE, what an effort in the deep, Cutting jumps outside the boundaries, takes a catch cleanly and throws inside in time. ONE, Jadeja is dealing in singles. ONE, Finch pulls it to deep square leg. ONE, Jadeja plays it down the ground. FOUR, right in the block hole and Finch squeezes it past short third man.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 100/5 | 14 overs | Aaron Finch 29 (21), R Jadeja 3 (3): Moises to continue. TWO, short and wide, Jadeja cuts past point. ONE, Jadeja guides it to third man. FOUR, Finch goes over extra cover, no one in the deep. SIX, that was colossal, Finch clears his front leg and heaves over deep square leg. DOT, right in the block hole. FOUR to end the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 83/5 | 13 overs | Aaron Finch 15 (17): Cutting back into the attack. DOT, excellent bowler to Smith to start the over. ONE, Smith opens the face of the bat and plays it to deep cover. ONE, Finch gives a charge and spanks it to cover. OUT, Smith goes on 1, slower ball on the shorter side, he cuts it to deep cover. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Dwayne Smith c Dhawan b Ben Cutting 1 (3)

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 81/4 | 12 overs | Aaron Finch 14 (14): Sharma to continue. ONE, Baz tucks it away for a quick single. ONE, Finch makes room, Sharma follows him, hit straight to long on. ONE, McCullum guides it to long on this time. TWO, that was skied, in the for a long time, Sran gets right under it but fails to take it cleanly, Finch survives. OUT, McCullum’s struggling innings comes to an end, holes out to long on.

 OUT! Brendon McCullum c Bhuvneshwar b Bipul Sharma 32 (29)

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 77/3 | 11 overs | Brendon McCullum 30 (26), Aaron Finch 12 (11): Barinder back into the attack. FOUR, short and Finch makes no mistake to find a gap on the leg side, easy pickings for him. SIX, slower back outside off, Finch plunders it over long off, effortless. Three back-to-back DOT deliveries, all three off-cutter, that last one being on the shorter side. DOT to finish the over. Good comeback by Finch.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 67/3 | 10 overs | Brendon McCullum 30 (26), Aaron Finch 2 (5): Moises to continue. ONE, McCullum takes a quick single. DOT, length ball outside off, Finch dabs it down. DOT again, SRH bowlers are building pressure on GL. ONE, short ball, Finch pulls it to deep fine leg, that was nicely time, could not find a gap though. ONE, change of pace, Baz opens the face of the bat, guides to cover point. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 63/3 | 9 overs | Brendon McCullum 28 (24), Aaron Finch 0 (1): Sharma to continue. DOT, nicely tossed up, Baz gets behind it. ONE, Baz works it on the leg side. FOUR, slightly short, Karthik rocks back and pulls it deep mid-wicket. FOUR, Karthik dances down the track and plays it over deep mid-wicket, just over Cutting’s head. OUT, confusion between Karthik and McCullum, back of length, Karthik edges it to short third man, calls for a quick single, McCullum sends him back, there wasn’t any run there. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 52/2 | 8 overs | Brendon McCullum 27 (22), Dinesh Karthik 16 (16): Moises into the attack. FOUR, Karthik dances down the track and dissects mid off and cover, lovely shot. DOT, change of pace, Karthik carefully plays it. DOT, out-swing, play and miss, Karthik tries to play past cover point. DOT, Karthik plays it mid-wicket. ONE, Karthik shimmies down the track again, works it to deep square leg. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 46/2 | 7 overs | Brendon McCullum 26 (21), Dinesh Karthik 11 (11): Cutting into the attack. ONE, McCullum guides it third man. ONE, Karthik takes a quick single. DOT, well directed bouncer to Baz. FOUR, Baz spanks over mid off, easy picking for him. ONE, right in the block hole, McCullum works it mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 38/2 | 6 overs | Brendon McCullum 20 (17), Dinesh Karthik 9 (9): Bipul Sharma into the attack. DOT, Karthik makes room, Sharma tosses up to contain Karthik’s shot. FOUR, Karthik shuffles and sweeps over fine leg, he finally breaks the shackles. ONE, Karthik plays down the ground. ONE, Baz guides it on the leg side. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 32/2 | 5 overs | Brendon McCullum 19 (16), Dinesh Karthik 4 (4): Sran into the attack. DOT, change of pace, McCullum carefully defends it. DOT, McCullum spanks it to mid on, he hasn’t been able to find gaps tonight. FOUR, slower ball on shorter side and McCullum pulls past square leg. DOT, peach of a ball, beats McCullum’s inside edge. WIDE, straying down the leg side. DOT, Baz gives a charge and Sran bowls away from him. FOUR, on McCullum’s legs, he flicks it over fine leg, one bounce into the fence.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 23/2 | 4 overs | Brendon McCullum 11 (10), Dinesh Karthik 4 (4): Boult to continue. DOT, full on off, Raina crisply drives to mid off. OUT, that was plumb, pitched on off, Raina closes the face of the bat, beaten by pace. DOT, Karthik nicely defends an in-swinger. FOUR, slightly pitched up, Karthik plays a beautiful cover drive. DOT, Karthik flicks to fine leg, McCullum said no for a quick single. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Suresh Raina lbw b Boult 1 (5)

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 19/1 | 3 overs | Brendon McCullum 11 (10), Suresh Raina 1 (3): Bhuvi  to continue. DOT, Raina make room, Bhuvi bowls away from from him, Raina attempts an ugly heave, fails to make contact. DOT, Raina flicks to deep mid-wicket. ONE, full on middle, Raina plays it to mid on. TWO, McCullum flashes and flashes hard, Dhawan at deep point dives to his left to save a certain boundary. DOT, ength ball, McCullum hits straight to mid off. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 16/1 | 2 overs | Brendon McCullum 9 (7), Suresh Raina 0 (0): Trent Boult to bowl after 3 months. WIDE, not a good start for Boult, down the leg side. DOT, McCullum shimmies down the track and hits straight to mid off. DOT, straight to mid on, McCullum is powerfully striking the ball. FOUR, full and McCullum bludgeons past cover, what a battle between the New Zealenders. DOT, heave and miss, Baz wanted to clear mid off. FOUR, on McCullum’s pads and he flicks past deep square leg. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Gujarat Lions 7/1 | 1 over | Brendon McCullum 1 (1): Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the bowling. ONE, banana in-swinger, Dwivedi tucks it away to deep fine leg. ONE, in-swinger again on off, McCullum flicks it away from mid on. DOT, Dwivedi plays to deep mid-wicket. FOUR, Dwivedi dances down the track and edges over the slip corridor, third man could not reach in time. DOT, similar attempt, play and a miss. WIDE, short and straying down the leg side, rare fault by Bhuvi, he has been on target throughtout the tournament. OUT, short, not enough wide, Dwivedi cuts it straight to the third man.

OUT! Eklavya Dwivedi c Boult b Bhuvneshwar 5 (5) 

TOSS UPDATE: SRH win toss and elect to bowl.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner (c), Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Ben Cutting, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Trent Boult

Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik

Sad news for SRH fans. Mustafizur Rahman has a side strain; Trent Boult to play his first match of IPL 9. Is it setback for SRH to lose one of their front line bowlers? David Warner doesn’t think so, as he believes Boult will perform as lethally as Mustafizur did.

SRH opener Shikhar Dhawan played a vital role in the previous victories, scoring unbeaten 74 and unbeaten 47 respectively, which means GL bowlers are yet to dismiss the southpaw. Moreover, the match will be played at Dhawan’s home ground Delhi, which makes matters worse for Suresh Raina’s team. He has scored 473 runs at 43, which is studded with 4 half-centuries. But dismissing Dhawan will only be the first step for GL. Warner, who’s the second highest run-scorer of IPL 9, will be the main cause of concern for GL. Dismissing him in the batting Powerplay will be true ‘early inroads’.

If not these two, SRH have Yuvraj in the middle order. He has scored 190 runs at 27.14, at a strike-rate of 132.86. He is back to fielding at point and ran out MS Dhoni and Collin Munro at vital junctures. By the looks of it, it seems GL will have to work hard to make their way to the final. Read: Old warhorse Yuvraj Singh regains lost paradise in IPL 2016

GL batting line-up, on the other hand, is as destructive as SRH’s. They have players such as Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith. However, they will be up against SRH’s bowling unit which boasts of highest wicket-taker Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young gun Barinder Sran. They have bowled equally well in the Powerplay as well as in the death overs, and are the prime reason behind SRH’s success so far. But to get the better of GL’s top order in an eliminator will be a different scenario. There will be no margin for error. If they miss the right line, they will be taken to the cleaners.

In fact, GL’s middle-order conundrum is something SRH will mainly focus on. The likes of Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Bravo have been blowing hot and cold, and consistently failed to deliver in crunch situations. Thus, GL’s top order and SRH’s bowling unit hold the key for both team’s success.

GL bowling, on the other hand, failed to provide impetus of late. Except Dhawal Kulkarni, none of the bowlers could stop AB de Villiers from taking Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) over the line in the Qualifier 1.

Whichever team wins will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final of IPL 2016 at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Aksh Deep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, Naman Ojha (wk), Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul, David Warner (c), Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Mustafizur Rahman, Aditya Tare (wk), Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Vijay Shankar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Tirumalasetti Suman

Live Cricket Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary: Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Qualifier 2 at Delhi